New Jersey boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of New Jersey. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||State of New
Motor Vehicle Commission
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||The State of New Jersey issues both registrations and titles for boats.
These are administered through the
Motor Vehicle commission in Trenton. Boat transactions are basically
handled in the same manner as vehicles although requirements and exemptions may vary. Outboard motors
are not titled or registered in New Jersey. Boat trailer
registration is required on all trailers and titles are issued for
those weighing over 2,000 lbs.
|Marking Requirements||New Jersey boat registration numbers begin with an "NJ" designation which is followed
by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented
boats along with registration sticker tabs. Coast Guard documented vessels may not
display the state registration numbers. However they must display the state
registration tabs, an owner designated vessel name, and a hailing port. An official
documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull
itself or an integral part of the hull.
|Registration Requirements||Unless otherwise exempted, boat registration is required in New Jersey on all power and sail boats over 12' in length. Motorized boats under 12' such as jet skis must also be registered. Registration is required for Coast Guard documented vessels. A complete list of exemptions may be found by visiting the MVC website.|
|Ownership and Liens||New Jersey issues titles on all registered boats except for those
which are Coast Guard Documented. This state does not have provisions for bonded
boat titles or conditional boat registrations where sufficient proof of ownership is
not otherwise available. In these cases, an award of ownership must be obtained from
a court of proper jurisdiction. New Jersey has procedures for titling abandoned
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in New Jersey are maintained by the
Motor Vehicle Commission. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the
general public due to strict privacy laws. However, record printouts may be obtained
by an owner or otherwise qualified party by submitting a boat record request form.
Although designed for vehicles, this form also applies to boats. It is also reported
offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission|
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